Let’s be honest, it’s pretty rare that we hear about our favorite celebs actually going out and giving a huge chunk of change to charity. However, many of them do, it’s a little silly that one should have to give up their prestigious status as a billionaire for one of a millionaire because of their humanitarian efforts. Although, that is exactly what happened to the creator of Harry Potter, Ms. JK Rowling.
“You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”
These are the brilliant words of the worlds first female billionaire novelist J.K Rowling, and it is she who has made it from the Forbes richest list to the Forbes ‘Billionaire Drop-Out’ list due to Britain’s high taxes and her own generosity.
In addition to her selfless acts of donation, the writer has also founded Lumos; a charity driven to help children in Eastern Europe who aren’t able to attend school and/or are institutionalized.
It is estimated that the queen behind everything Harry Potter has given away upwards $160 million to good causes all over the world. J.K Rowling’s main benefits coming of this good deed are aimed towards organisations that helps single parent families who are struggling. The charities work hard to give them more opportunities to find jobs, enter their children into education, and provide child care facilities so single mothers and fathers feel more in control of their lives.
We’ve all become familiar with J.K Rowling’s own personal story of redemption; once an unemployed single mom struggling to make ends meet within the British work system. Perhaps it’s only right that now she is in a position to help other families like hers, Rowling has this maternal instinct of a obligation to help individuals who are in the same situation as she once was.
Dropping from an exclusive billionaire to lowly millionaire seems like a problem not many of us wouldn’t mind having and J.K Rowling should be an inspiration to others who top the rich list year after year to help others who are struggling like they once were before they landed on that list.